Friday, December 22, 2006

German Idiom for Friday

vor Freude aus dem Haeuschen sein: to be beside oneself with joy

zB: Als die Mannschaft im Pokalendspiel das Siegestor schoss, waren ihre Anhaenger vor Freude aus dem Haeuschen.

auf Englisch: When the team scored the wimming goal in the cup final their supporters were beside themselves with joy.

Origin: The reference is to a state of ecstasy spoken of by mystics in which the soul leaves the body (Haeuschen).

(from the Guide to German Idioms by JP Lupson)

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